1 Kings: Lesson 14 — You Can’t Hide What’s Inside

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Kings.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Starting Strong Isn’t The Same As Finishing Strong

A Study of the Book of 1 Kings

Lesson 14 (You Can’t Hide What’s Inside)
1 Kings 14
 October 2, 2013

The Text:

  1. Where does Jeraboam ask his wife to go when their son becomes ill?  How does he want her to go?  Why?  Who is she supposed to see?  What does he hope to learn?
  2. What had Ahijah the prophet lost because of his age?  What message did God give him about his soon-to-arrive visitor?  How does Ahijah greet Jeraboam’s wife?  What reason is given for the message God is about to send to Jeraboam?
  3. What does God say will happen to the males in the household of Jeraboam?  What does God say will happen when Jeraboam’s wife returns home?  How will Israel respond?  What will be unique about the burial of Jeraboam’s son?
  4. What will happen to the family of Jeraboam?  Who will do it?  What will happen to Israel?  Why?  Did this happen?
  5. How long did Rehoboam reign in Jerusalem?  Who was his mother?  Why would God point this out twice in the span of 11 verses?  How did Judah act under his reign?  What happened to the treasures of the temple and the palace during Rehoboam’s reign?


The Application:

  1. Who do you turn to when tragedy strikes?  How transparent are you when you seek God?  Are there times that you try to disguise the real you when you approach God?  Why would a person do that?  What should they do instead?
  2. In what ways does God’s presence overcome physical limitations you may face?  Are there times when God calls you through His Word or Spirit to put down the mask, He knows who you are?  How do you respond to God’s conviction in your life?
  3. How would you (do you) feel when bad things happen to others because of your actions?  If you really believe God when He says something bad will happen when you did a certain thing, would you do it?  Are you sure?
  4. When you receive the consequences of sin, who is responsible?  Why is it so hard to take responsibility for bad decisions?  Does God keep  His word?
  5. Is longevity in a position or event proof that it is good and right?  Are there bad decisions that we make today that have a cascading effect on future generations?  Is there a way to stop that?


Next Week:  A Tale Of Three Kings
1 Kings 15